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The political economy of decentralization reforms. Implications for aid effectiveness

Talking Points Blog | Published on 18-10-2010

Decentralization has been an important reform in many developing countries and a major focus of the considerable support provided by development partners to public sector reform. Yet its record is mixed at best in terms of realizing many of the stated objectives of reform, such as enabling more efficient service delivery, advancing democratic reform, and …


Towards a post-aid world: What role for the EU?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 26-03-2010

The publication of the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) report: “Less pretension, more ambition: Development Aid that makes a difference”, caused quite a stir. Skeptics were quick to seize on the report as endorsement for the view that aid needs radical reform, or should even be scrapped altogether. On Tuesday 23rd March, the …


Trade and Production Adjustments in ACP Countries. Lessons from the Caribbean Rum Programme

Talking Points Blog | Published on 31-05-2010

In order to derive maximum benefits from trade liberalisation processes, the competitiveness of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries’ private sector is crucial. A new paper from ECDPM and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) analyses the successful experience of the Integrated Development Programme for the Caribbean Rum Sector – from …


Bridging the credibility gap: Challenges for ACP-EU relations in 2011

Talking Points Blog | Published on 20-12-2010

Relations between the European Union and its partners in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) are in a parlous state. Past readers of ECDPM's annual Challenges Paper know that we regularly refer to ACP-EU relations as being at a critical juncture, and this is certainly true at the start of 2011. The EU’s credibility …


Development Commissioner provides hints on plans to modernise European Development Policy

Talking Points Blog | Published on 22-10-2010

“The European Consensus on Development is a sort of common policy, but remains very intergovernmental there are no mechanisms to enforce aid effectiveness at a European level and that is a challenge in the global projection of development policy with the new EU Lisbon Treaty”


Development will remain at the heart of EU external policy says EU High Representative

Talking Points Blog | Published on 19-11-2010

19-11-2010 EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and European Commission Vice-President, Catherine Ashton, informed Members of the European Parliament’s Development Committee meeting on 8 November that she is committed to ensuring that development policy “remains at the ...


European Development Cooperation– New Challenges, New Beginnings

Talking Points Blog | Published on 03-02-2010

Europe wants to play a greater role on the world stage and arguably has the means and vision to do this. In a newly published report, four European think-tanks argue that the juxtaposition of recent global developments with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty might have created a ‘perfect storm’ allowing the EU to leverage …


European Parliament and Commissioner for Development exchange views on challenges and opportunities in European development cooperation

Talking Points Blog | Published on 23-03-2010

On Wednesday 17 March, the Development Committee of the European Parliament reserved a slot for four leading European research institutes to present their recent report on the future of EU Development Cooperation. Their presentation informed an exchange of views with Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and the Members of the Committee. Our organisation, together with three …


European Think Tanks Group publishes policy brief on EEAS

Talking Points Blog | Published on 07-06-2010

Four leading European Think-Tanks have published a new policy note titled ‘Development-proofing the EEAS’ in response to the new blueprint on the European External Action Service (EEAS) agreed by the EU General Affairs Council.


From Lisbon to Copenhagen: What’s in store for ACP-EU relations in 2010?

Talking Points Blog | Published on 28-01-2010

2010 will be a busy year by any standards. A recently ratified Lisbon Treaty is expected to reshape the way in which the EU deals with its external action. Negotiations for the revision of the Cotonou Agreement are expected to be concluded in March 2010 and European and African Heads of States are due to …




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